Collectors Items You Should Throw Away

Jul 17, 2021James Montalvo

Collecting requires a person to invest not only his time and energy but also a great amount of money. This is done with passion. It's amazing to see how dedicated people are to acquiring things that are of high significance to them. Plus, these items' value might be double, triple, or bigger someday.  However, this list is all about collectibles that aren't worth the trouble anymore. You might realize that they don't even deserve the space they currently occupy in your home!

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CUSTOM JEWELRY

The custom jewelry industry is a pop culture trend that was mass-produced with only little value in the past. And because we can find many of them, they tend to only have very little return on your investment. This could probably be the case unless you have one designed by a high-profile designer.

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UNIQUE BEANIE BABIES IS NO LONGER A TREND

When something is trendy, we tend to acquire them as soon as possible, just like the Beanie Babies. They are items that are hard to resist and enjoyed by many for how unique it was which set it apart from other fully stuffed toys. It was made a collection for fun until 1995 when adults decided to make it a financial investment. Some succeeded in selling the toy ten times the original price. However, when it was no longer called trendy, the price shot down immediately.

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VHS AND DVD COLLECTIONS-PURELY OUTDATED PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY

The disappearance of VHS and DVDs also comes with the loss of its value. They are just now seen as outdated pieces of technology but people continue to collect them. You will surely gain so much from them though even those that come from a specific niche collector. Even then, you probably wouldn’t make very much money off of them.

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MEMORABLE BUT NOT WORTH IT PORCELAIN DOLLS

We perceive porcelain and ceramic dolls as very memorable collections. Some may go as far as occupying a whole room for this just like in this photo. You might question if it's worth choosing dolls over other collectibles. And the answer is no. These dolls can only be the past reminders worth not more than $10. So you better have this room available for rentals soon. 

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NOT SO VALUABLE WHEAT COINS

We are amazed at how big the value of some misprinted rare pennies from the mint can be worth so much. However, that doesn't go the same with wheat pennies. They can only be appreciated but not worth a fortune for your hassle. Collecting vintage coins might be fun but just like this one, you will only be able to sell them for a few dollars.

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JUST KEEP YOUR BASEBALL CARDS TO YOURSELF

Collecting baseball cards can bring back so many memories for many people who had been a fan of America’s favorite pastime. It can make you feel great to hold onto something that has special meaning to you. If you have one, then just keep them instead of thinking of selling them someday because they aren't worth so much. Even star player Ken Griffey Jr. of 1989 is only worth around $100 and home run hitter Mark McGwire’s card is at $10 only. So just let it be a precious memorable thing. 

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DON'T BE MISLED BY STAMPS

If you're thinking of collecting stamps thinking it's a good investment, well this might fix your mind. Some might be priced rightly but most of them are insignificant anymore. It's only good to keep it for memories sake. They were overproduced before and people tried to keep them safely thinking of the things taught to them that stamps might be worth so much someday. 

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2 IN 1 PEZ DISPENSERS- A TOY AND ACCESSORY

Pez dispensers serve a dual purpose as a toy and an accessory for candy. Kids mostly have their favorite cartoon characters and customize them into a candy dispenser which makes them happy. Some children even keep them until they grow older. However, a collection of this can only be worth a buck or two. Can you imagine, even the Elvis Presley Pez dispenser collection which is a limited edition is only $9.20.

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HOT WHEELS ARE NO LONGER HOT DEALS

Once children want something, they tend not to stop until they get it. That is what happened to miniature die-cast cars from Mattel that made children in the late ’60s entertained and crazy about. However, they are priceless now. Since it was in-demand before, they went out with massive production that decreased the value of the item. Though a good conditioned toy car can still be sold in a fair amount, many are just stuck somewhere full of dust.

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NO MORE HIGH PAYING BUYER FOR VINTAGE BAND T-SHIRTS 

Out of the two categories of vintage band t-shirts, only one will make you earn. A buyer isn’t going to pay much even if your Eagles t-shirt is in mint condition for four decades. Even a vintage rare Queen tour shirt from 1978 is only listed at $9.49 on eBay. The thing here is you’ve got to find a high-paying buyer which could be a fan or a collector. The average concert tour t-shirt from the ’70s will make you less than the cost of shipping. 

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WON'T HOLD VALUE ON NEW STAR WARS TOYS

If you have a collection of rare Star Wars toys from the 1970s, that could really make you rich. Rare Star Wars figurines like the “Yak Face,” can be worth a thousand dollars from respectful buyers but that doesn't go with the modern star wars toys. This is because toys and figures in the ’90s and ’00s aren't worth so much for people who mass-produced them before.

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COLLECTING COMICS- NOT A WISE CHOICE

Even if you are a fan of a certain superhero, it's good to realize that collecting comic books is not a wise investment. As soon as you leave the stores, their value is immediately gone. No matter how you try to preserve it and keep it in good condition, no one wants to buy it for a few more dollars. If only you started by the 1930s-’50s, where most famous superheroes debuted, you might be able to buy anything you want because comic books banked a record $2.8 million. But today, it is impossible to happen.  

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KEEP POGS TO ENJOY NOT TO SELL

Pogs are very popular for people who grew up.in the 90s. It's like there has been a Pog craze way back then and you might still be able to find some in your household. They were fun to collect as it is associated with a pog game. However, just think of having it as fun but not for business because the whole collection will only be worth $10 and a piece of it can only be worth $1. 

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PASSED ON SILVERWARE

The passing of silverware and precious China is an honorable tradition from one generation to another as a family treasure. Commonly, silver is a good gift for newlyweds for their housewarming. Some silvers hold so much sentimental value. However, if you are planning to sell them online, you’ll be disappointed to see how many people also sell them for a very low price only.

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REVIVED VINYL RECORDS IS NOT WORTH BIG

Vinyl records are not just things used in the past, in fact, they are still used like in 2017 where Sony Entertainment said that they will press vinyl records again. From 2007 till now, interest in using it again has been increasing. While many people are selling vinyl in the marketplace, we would like to inform you that they do not hold a big amount of value.

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SOME DISCONTINUED CHEAP PANDORA CHARMS

Pandora started to gain fame in the mid-2000s. The necklaces and bracelets they produce became a hot trend from then on designed to be paired with another to give it an element of fun, sparkle, and style. Whenever a piece of jewelry is no longer produced, it is sold expensively. This goes only on a few charms that were stopped. So this means that collecting all of them is not worth it because their values are very low now. 

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FOR MEMORIES SAKE-ROYAL FAMILY MEMORABILIA

The British Royal Family can be considered the most famous family in the world beloved by the people of the Commonwealth and everyone else. An exciting event like royal weddings, the birth of a new royal, and jubilees, means plenty of memorabilia is also present. It can be a mug and buttons where the faces of the newlywed royal couple are plastered or even customized dolls. As they got quite trendy, many were produced but not of the same significance as those which are made exclusively. 

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ONLY THE FIRST BARBIE IS WORTH SAVING

Barbie dolls have been a part of everyone's childhood, especially for young girls. In 1959, they started to be sold in markets. Up until now, it is still one of the most famous toys. If you happen to preserve an original Barbie from 1959, well you might be lucky to gain $25,000. However, the rest will no longer make you reach for it. You can sell it for only $10-$20 even if it is inside the box.

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VINTAGE PINS ARE JUST MEMORABLE

A lot found it fun to collect vintage pins. It can bring back so many memories that people can laugh or feel emotional about. However, if you're thinking it can be sold at an expensive price, it might be a bad idea. Even special pins and other vintage products are only sold for $5-$12 online. It's already the selected ones. You might be lucky if you have the ultra-rare Disney pin which is worth $4,000. But aside from that, you won't get enough from pins.

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NOSTALGIC PRECIOUS MOMENTS 

Precious Moments have been a part of every American household. They are a popular collection for many as they are also proudly gifted and displayed. The porcelain figurines started to be produced in 1978 featuring an angel named Timmy. Even a lot still collects them nowadays, they aren't a promising investment for they won't make your wallet fat. Keep them as displays for their sweet and nostalgic vibes given in a home for that is all they can offer. 

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DECREASE IN VALUE OF NORMAN ROCKWELL'S COLLECTOR PLATES

The work of American classic artist Norman Rockwell is considered one of the greatest. He is an outstanding painter and illustrator in American history. He has notable works including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and The Saturday Evening Post collection. Sadly, you cannot make money on collecting his works. An antique trader values his works at only $10 which is really far from the estimated$50-75 before.

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JUST SAVE YOUR VINTAGE MAGAZINES IN THE BOOKSHELVES

You might be a fan of a very well-known magazine for its articles written inside or for other reasons but it's good to know how unworthy it is to save those which are printed after 1970. They will be just good to be displayed in the bookshelves for they won't be sold for a big price. The first edition of this Magazine is memorably out in 1953 which Donna Michelle, Ursula Andress, and Darine Stern are the covers.

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HISTORICAL HUMMEL FIGURINES

Figurines are quite a thing for many collectors. These Hummel figurines were purchased by people before as it was a popular souvenir in World War II while American GI's were stationed in West Germany. They tended to send them home in the 1970s. However, they are unsellable today. So you better just let them wherever they are now.

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NO ESTIMATED VALUE FOR FUNKO FIGURINES YET

Funko Pop figurines have captured us with their cuteness since 1998. Funko figurines were designed to be collected. What is even cuter than being able to have all your favorite cartoon characters turn into figurines that can perfectly be put on your desk? Even if there is no estimated value for every piece yet but it's safer if you don't spend so much collecting it.

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FILM CAMERAS WORTH NOTHING

What is more vintage-looking than an old film camera? Many think that these film cameras don't only bring nostalgic feelings but also are worth so much more. However, one man named Daniel Kalter of Lincoln Square Pawnbrokers claims that film cameras of the ’70s and ’80s are worth nothing. He carefully explained that some people who buy this are just looking for some parts. He personally has been collecting them and they are all full of dust now. Conclusion? It's not worth it.

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FROM UNCOMMON TO COMMON MORGAN DOLLARS

A coin can bring you so much fortune like these Morgan dollars before. They were very popular silver dollars of all time in the 19th century and 1920s. However, it was mass-produced which resulted in its value decreasing. Now, they are just common dollars that are worth just a few dollars. 

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TRICK OF FRANKLIN MINT COLLECTIONS

While some dolls bring you so much money like the Lorraine Schwartz Barbie that was sold in an auction for $7,500 in 2010, many others are not the same. Some businessmen try to fool collectors that the price of the dolls they've been might double or more the next time. That is how the Franklin Mint advertised their dolls.  However, many collectors just got tired and sold their collection for $200, but many are only sold for $20-50. 

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HAPPY MEAL TOYS CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY OR NOT

Since McDonald’s started giving out toys with every purchase of a Happy Meal in the 1970s, everyone wants to have one already. Some people were able to sell them for hundreds of dollars. But for them to be sold in such amount, they should first be in good condition and with complete packing of the Happy Meal box. Not everyone is patient in preserving them so they decided to just sell them for a cheap price eventually.

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GREAT PAINTER MADE WORTHLESSLY

Usually, a famous artist's artwork price shoots up after he dies.  However, that is not the case for Thomas Kinkade, also known as the “Painter of Light”. Many of the paintings he created were eventually worthless after his death in 2012. According to The Guardian, his paintings are in one of every 20 households in the US and be bought for only $20.     

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MASS-PRODUCED INDIAN HEAD PENNIES

In between 1859 to 1909, the US Bureau of the mint produced Indian Head pennies or one-cent coins designed by James Barton Longacre, the Chief Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. They were popular during the postwar time but just like other coins in this list, their value eventually decreased because of over 100 million productions in 1907. The Indian Head cent was even changed to Lincoln cent in 1901 designed by Victor D. Brenner.

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS CAN NOW BE FOUND ANYWHERE

With books and everything else available to be read online, children's books seem not to have so much space in this modern world. Some parents might be willing to spend a little for that but it's a rare case. There is still a chance one book can be of so much value if it's a rare copy of a first edition which is very hard to find.

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COLLECTING LICENSE PLATES CAN ONLY BE PLEASURABLE

We can find so many stories from license plate collectors traveling to different states just to find some. It can be pleasurable and amusing for others but collecting them for gaining money cannot be suitable for it. Even those who managed to keep all 50 states' license plates can't earn enough. According to Autoweek, they can only be guaranteed a value of $30.

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NO ONE WANTS A CABBAGE PATCH KIDS NOW

Many parents want a piece of the Cabbage Patch Kids for their kids when it was first released in the late 1970s to 1980s. Everyone is willing to buy one even for $30. But today, no one is willing to buy it at that price or for they are more likely to play throughout the years and not in a good condition. So no one wants it anymore.

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AUTOGRAPHED SPORTS MEMORABILIA ARE HARD TO GET AND SELL

Thinking of how hard one can acquire memorabilia, specifically an autographed one, it is still not worth it when you sell one online. Aside from it being sold expensively before, finding a truly interested buyer is quite a hard job too. Since it was a big deal to have before, it was again produced massively which decreased its true value. 

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“BROWN” FURNITURES LOST ITS VALUE

Furniture such as cabinets, bed frames, dining room tables, and everything else with dark-stained and sturdy pieces is called “Brown” Furniture. Some might be of high value like George Washington’s death bed but other ordinary items from the 19th and 20th centuries cost nothing much. Aside from the quality of the furniture is hard to maintain, its value was eventually lost.

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WHERE TO PUT COOKIE JARS?

While there are lucky collectors like Andy Warhol who was able to sell a collection of cookie jars quarter for a million dollars in the late 1980s, it doesn't go the same with other individuals. Now, only a few collectors are willing to give up some space in their house to place in jars plus most cookie jars, no matter how old, can be bought for only a few dollars.

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MY REMEMBRANCE SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

Salt and pepper shakers are more like a remembrance to collect for places you were able to visit before. Many are proud to have this collection but no one is willing to spend a big amount on them because they are already used by others. Lately, some very unique collections of salt and pepper shakers were sold for not more than $40 which is far from its original price.

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ONCE BEST TOY

Even children of before love to play with toys, specifically Hess trucks during the 1960s. They are more likely to be overplayed, broken, and lost some parts. However, if you managed to keep the first Hess truck from 1964 in very good condition, then you might be able to seek it by $2,500. You might still sell some of the trucks for $40 but still, trying to preserve one is hard.

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THE SWAG IS ALL IN THE PAST

Vintage college clothing can give you a nostalgic feeling, but more than that, they lack value. These items of clothing can be a hassle to keep thinking you can get so much from these swag vintage collections of the past. But the truth is you can see these sweatshirts for $30 in an auction on eBay, nothing more. We think it's best you just disregard them and buy new trendy clothes. 

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SOUVENIR BELLS WE GOT FROM TRAVELS

We tend to collect porcelain and metal bells from places we went and events we attended before. People tend to usually bring home these things as they are quite popular before. Eventually, the trend for these things fade away and you can now buy them for only a few dollars online.

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HISTORICAL VINTAGE FARM TOOLS

Vintage farm tools can tell us the history of how farming is. However, that's the only use they got. Though they were mass-produced before thinking these are trendy decorations, they were left unsold after new trends came out. You can only expect $50 as the largest value of one of these tools if you got lucky and no more.

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OLD PLAYBILLS ARE LEFT BEHIND

It is always nice to remember all the plays you have been able to go before and a way to keep those little memories is to keep the playbills. Those tickets can contain many memorable moments but show nothing more than that. They are just considered pieces of paper especially when the internet takes place. A 1964 playbill with Barbara Streisand’s “Funny Girl” is supposedly worth $350. However, you cannot sell a playbill today for more than $10. 

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SO MUCH MEMORIES IN A VINTAGE COLLEGE PENNANTS

If you are one of those people who think that college pennants from prestigious schools such as Harvard or Yale of your grandparents might be sold with high value now, well you're obviously mistaken. What they can only uphold are memories. Some might still want one even if they weren't able to go to a university but are not willing to buy it at an expensive price. 

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SO MUCH EXPECTATION ON TRAIN SETS

Many clubs and websites are dedicated to preserving train sets collections, one most-valued is the Lionel collections. Some of the collectors invest in it with the hope of reselling it at a decent price someday like the Howard Gondola listed on eBay for $1,175, however, that is wrong. The truth is the market is already flooded with plenty of vintage model train sets for only $100 and they're in really good condition.

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You might not be able to appreciate some of these collections because they don't worth so much but they are of great value for their collectors. It might be the reason why some people still hold unto them even after figuring out how much they are in the market. We might find it useless and unworthy but others have different perspectives. Let's just respect how it matters for others. 

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